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"An excellent book. It reflects not only the depth and breadth of the author's scientific and clinical contributions to the study of moods, but captures, in a wonderful way, the crucial role of moods in human nature and society....Anyone interested in moods, or disorders of moods will find this an informative, important and engrossing book." -- Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

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Peter Whybrow, M.D., is chairman of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association. In 1996, he was awarded the Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Research Award by the NDMDA. Dr. Whybrow has lectured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1990- edition (February 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006097740X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060977405
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter C. Whybrow is an English psychiatrist and Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. An award-winning author he is best known for a series of books exploring the impact of modern-day culture on human behavior. The first of this trilogy, A Mood Apart; The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and its Disorder, is widely acclaimed as the definitive guide to the experience and science of mood and its disorder. Recent writings draw upon Whybrow's research into human emotion, and his broad experience as a physician, but also reflect his fascination with America's unique history as the great experiment of the Enlightenment. Thus American Mania: When More is Not Enough, explores America's migrant culture and the nation's extraordinary material and cultural achievements together with their impact upon everyday life. While the affluent environment we have created for ourselves is compelling it does not fit easily with our biological heritage, generating a mismatch that threatens disruption of both mind and body. In The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well-Lived, Whybrow examines this disruption and argues that by harnessing modern science to understand the nature of ourselves and by returning to ancient human truths that in our everyday frenzy we now overlook, we can live better individual lives and also build a thriving future that serves the common good.

Whybrow's provocative books have been translated and published widely in an array of languages, including German, Polish, Dutch, Italian, Finnish, Russian, and Chinese. More information can be found at his website www.peterwhybrow.com

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By john mahon on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in manic depression, but who knows little about the subject. Dr. Whybrow explains the various social, psychological and in particular, biological factors that surround manic depression. I found the individual case studies the most interesting as they highlighted the human torture that ordinary people suffer through mental illness.
The author also explains how many of the now commonly known drugs - such as 'prozac' and 'lithium' - have done much to alleviate the plight of such people. For those wary of medical jargon, the author does detail the chemical processes in the brain that can cause/alleviate depression, but this only covers a relatively small section of the book. The book is comprehensively referenced and is very well written.
Overall and perhaps most importantly, Dr. Whybrow has written a book that has done alot to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and if you have any interest in the subject I would urge you to read it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David on May 23, 2003
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I whole heartedly agree with all of the other reviews. This book is tremendously insightful. I would like to add that this is not a book solely about bi-polar and manic depression. It is also about unipolar depression. I found that to read about all these types of depression together to be very insightful about my own place amongst all the variations. And this was a very interesting point made by the book that all these types of variables do occur in people without the dehabilitating forms of these illnesses. The form of the illness is not out of the ordinary, so to speak. Excellent book. Layered with insights into biology, psychology, history, genetics, and evolutionary adaptation.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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If someone were to ask me, "What scientist, by nature of their perspective, could ever understand the depths of humanity?" - I would pluck this book from my shelf and hand it to them. Whybrow truly investigates the subjective and the objective aspects of 'mood disorders' (in the clinical sense) and, by way of dialogue, synthesizes the two approaches into a singular perspective. He explores the emotional continuum - from mania to melancholia - in such a clear and concise fashion that anyone (scientist or humanist) can acquire knowledge, as well as wisdom, through Whybrow's book, A Mood Apart.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Greene on September 1, 2005
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Dr. Whybrow demonstrates his extensive knowledge regarding the spectrum of mood disorders in a highly interesting, entertaining, poetic and informative way. Never have I read a book by a doctor that actually humanizes the person and the condition in such depth, exploring the cultural, historical and philosophical/religious aspects of manic depression as well as detailing the intricacies of the effects of sleep, seasonal change, circadian rhythms, and lifestyle on mood. There is the typical discussion of medications, but this book does not focus solely on that as much literature in this realm does. Rather, this book covers nearly every topic worth mentioning in this extremely well-written, colorful, introspective, and fascinating read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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As noted by other readers, this new printing is the same book published in 1997. My original hardback version is dog-eared and highlighted, and I frequently turn to those passages for inspiration and hope. It is clear by his writing that Dr. Whybrow loves what he does as a psychiatrist and cares deeply for his patients. Through story-telling with some occasional science thrown in (and the suthor warns the reader ahead of time, in case they wish to skip it), Whybrow weaves a tale that almost reads like a novel. I honestly could not put it down! "A Mood Apart" has a human quality to it that many books on illnesses lack. Since the information is derived from patient histories, credibility is high, and identifying with the "characters" is easy. Dr. Whybrow assures us there is hope for those with bipolar disorder.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
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Dr. Whybrow is amazing. He's a good writer (most doctors are not!) and clearly cares deeply about both his patients and his readers. He conveys an enormous amount of information about the workings of the brain, well and otherwise, in an engaging style. He also provides the only remotely plausible explanation of how ECT works that I've ever read. I have those sticky-tab note-things porcupining out from nearly every page, to be referred to again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
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"A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders" is not a new title from Dr. Whybrow who is one of the leading researchers in depressive, manic depressive, and mood disorders. This book is the paperback version of his 1997 hardback "A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self". Please do not be confused into thinking this 1998 publication date is a brand new work like I did. This book still rates a 10 for content, information, & diversity. Maury Schiowitz
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